Tension Heightened as Nigeria Navy Kill Tompolo’s Kinsman in Warri
According to The Herald, the tension in Tompolo’s hometown, Gbaramatu, has increased multiplefold as men of the Nigerian navy recently shot dead a sand scooper in the area on Thursday.
Gbaramatu is located in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State and men of the Nigerian Navy were deployed to the area following renewed vandalization of oil installations.
The victim identified as Bernard Pius was allegedly killed at a jetty in Tebujor Okpelama community, a Gbaramatu enclave where wanted ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo alias Tompolo hails from.
Anger is reported to be building up among the people following the incident as the fragile peace existing in the kingdom was said to have been threatened by the killing.
Tebujor Okpelama community chairman explained; “The incident happened at about 10pm Thursday night. Pius was scooping sand and it is a normal commercial activity at such quiet time when fishermen also ply their trade. The victim was alerted by folks that his sand boat on a 40 horsepower engine at the Jetty was drifting.
“He then rushed back and was pulling it back ashore with another boat. That was the point Izonfade patrolled in with other colleagues in a gunboat. After shooting and killing him he moved into the community bragging about the act and threatening to shoot another person if he does not get gratification.
“He was offered N5000 before he joined his colleagues in the waiting gunboat and they disappeared, leaving us to mourn our dead. Incidentally, the shooter is an Ijaw man we initially see as one of us, but he and his colleagues have been terrorizing us. The officer must be brought to book or we will take to self-help.”
A prominent Gbaramatu Chief, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Bebenowei (Chief Mobilizer) of Gbaramatu kingdom lamented the incident calling on the federal government to ensure that the naval officer was arrested and persecuted.